Cycling around the world

One of the cool things about cycling to work on a regular basis is the distance you ultimately cover.

I thought it would be interesting to see how long it took me to cycle around the world, simply by riding to work.

My monthly ride total averages about 600 km / month, riding year-round. So, starting in February 2004, I began tracking my progress.

I’m graphing this by splitting the circumference of the earth at the equator (40,075.16 kilometers or 24,901.55 miles ) into 600 km intervals. Yes, I know this is rather unscientific, and there are all kinds of other variables, but it makes for a neat visual and helps motivate me.

Of course, I’m not the only one to “ride around the world”. These folks are also doing it (for real), but they’re driving. Sheesh…

UPDATE: June, 2010. Wow, I hadn’t updated this graph for a few years so thought I’d plug in some numbers and see how close I was to my goal. 2009 was a nasty year, as I was sick for a few months. Even with the decreased mileage and bike time that year, though, I managed to complete my “global ride”. Woo hoo! 🙂

Cycling around the world graph

UPDATE: February, 2011. I’m trying to decide what my next goal should be. I could loop back around the world the other direction but really, it’s the same ride — to work and back.  I’ll have to come up with something different; perhaps shorter distances but more goals each year.

UPDATE: March, 2012. Good grief… it’s easier to ride around the world than it is to update this page with a new graph and new distances!

2 Responses to Cycling around the world

  1. Angela March 27, 2012 at 9:21 pm #

    Cool idea. I’m an American living in the Republic of Armenia, and I’ve met and hosted several people who are actually biking around the world as they passed through Eurasia and the Middle East. That should be your next goal! Check out http://safebiking.wordpress.com/ if you haven’t seen it already.

    By the way, I found your web site because I was doing a search for changing Google account passwords on Android… thanks for those tips. Then I saw your “Cycling Around the World” link at the top of the page, which reminded me of the people I’d met, and I thought maybe you might be one of them… perhaps you will be someday! =)

  2. elliottzone March 30, 2012 at 9:08 am #

    Thanks Angela – that would be great to actually ride around the world and visit people. During the winter here, when I’m riding through cold and snow, I often daydream about riding somewhere dry and warm! 🙂

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